Bighearted and wistful, but with no fresh spin or anything new to say, this nostalgic drama resembles the Levittown-style box homes that sprang up around the film's 1956 Staten Island milieu: It's small, solidly constructed and lacks any interesting style or
adornments. Stocky, baby-faced Buddy Visalo (Michael Rispoli) coulda been a contenda on Arthur Godfrey's amateur hour, at least. A decade earlier, singing serviceman Buddy had been invited to perform on the talent-contest TV show. His fianceé, Estelle (Katherine Narducci), however,
insisted he get a real job, but Buddy did better: He got several real jobs and floundered in all of them. Now, after ...